Artist holds first solo exhibition in Barking

Thu 19 December 2019, 11:13 am

An exhibition on domestic space and the identity of the woman was held in Barking to help promote the work of an emerging artist.

Artist Ruby Steele’s exhibition Women on Sofas was held in mid-November at The Boathouse Creative Studios, in Abbey Road.

She said: "I was driven to create this series of portraits Women on Sofas by an innate curiosity about the spaces women occupy in contemporary western society. The women I have photographed come from diverse backgrounds and cultures and span eight decades."

The studios are a cultural and community organisation that regularly holds arts workshops, exhibitions and wellbeing classes, encouraging group activities for the public. The Boathouse’s artistic director, Carole Pluckrose, said she was “delighted” the venue was able to support Steele’s first solo exhibition.

Pluckrose added: “We are committed to promoting emerging artists, who are encouraged to explore and share the power of their work with a wider audience.” 

The Boathouse Creative Studios regularly host a range of arts and special events, and earlier this year transformed the venue into a film set for UM Studios, hosted a book launch for author Henrietta Akindele and held the University of East London’s final year Animation course exhibition.

The popular destination also holds a number of private occasions and helped Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration company Be First to hold a consultation event.

To learn more about future events at The Boathouse Creative Studios head to and to find out more on artist Ruby Steele visit her website




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